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Ten years ago, the infant mortality rate in Cartagena, Colombia was a dangerously high 48 deaths per 1,000 live births — twice the national level – with adolescent mothers suffering in particular .
A successful Neonatal Care and Adolescent Mothers Program, supported by AmeriCares, helped reverse this alarming trend, making a crucial difference in the lives of Cartagena’s young women and children.
The programs, established by the Fundación Juan Felipe Gomez Escobar, aimed to expand maternal and infant health services at its Medical Center and reduce mortality for this vulnerable population.
AmeriCares sends significant shipments of critical medicines including antibiotics, drugs to prevent harmful extended labor, pain relievers, topical ointments, and needed medical supplies to the Fundación in support of their efforts.
Lifesaving Goal, Life-Changing Impact
Premature babies and newborns in need of specialized critical care are now seen at the Neonatal Care Unit. Highlights over the past six years:
Photo courtesy of Fundación Juan Felipe Gomez Escobar.
Young mothers and babies benefit from donated childcare supplies and educational baby-care workshops.
Young mothers participating in the Adolescent Mothers Program are well-taken care of, receiving complete prenatal care and support during pregnancy. The program ensures that young moms-to-be give birth in a hospital, benefit from regular postnatal care, and have access to:
AmeriCares donations help the Medical Center, which provides 13,000 patient visits annually, meet its immedate needs and allows the Fundación to channel its resources more effectively to support these successful programs.